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SOUTH AMERICA : PERU : CUSCO

Cusco is a thriving modern city that retains the richness of its ancient Inca founders and reflects the history of Spanish colonial influences throughout its urban landscape and culture. With Direct Flights, travel to Cusco has never been easier. Check Direct Flights website and start planning cheap holidays to Cusco today.

Cusco

     

Visit exciting and enigmatic Cusco.  Booking flights to Cusco and planning Cusco accomodations and activities is simple with all-inclusive discount travel packages to Cusco from Direct Flights.  Often regarded as the "archaeological capital" of South America, Cusco is arguably Peru’s most desired tourist destination, and is just a quick flight from Lima.  Once the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco attracts visitors from around the world to explore the numerous ancient ruins of the Incas who dominated South America as the most advanced and powerful indigenous civilization of its time.  Experience Peru’s rich cultural past yourself, with cheap flights and travel packages to Cusco from Direct Flights.       

Cusco is a thriving modern city that retains the richness of its ancient Inca founders and reflects the history of Spanish colonial influences throughout its urban landscape and culture. Located in southeastern Peru, Cusco rests near fertile Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley of the Andes mountain range.  This Imperial city was laid out by Inca builders in the shape of a puma, with the Huatanay and Tullumayo rivers converging as the tail, the plaza of Huacaypata as the central body and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman as the head.  The ancient city plaza was the core of Cusco and served as both center for ceremonial and official administrative buildings as well as the intersection of an advanced road network that connected the Four Regions of the Inca Empire.  Throughout Cusco, Inca remnants of city walls and monuments can be found revealing the impeccable crafting of Inca stonework.         

Although much of the Inca structures within Cusco were destroyed, the city’s ancient foundations remain and were used by Spanish colonists to build some remarkable monumental baroque and renaissance style architecture that can still be seen today.          

Around the city’s ancient central plaza, one can find the Spanish Plaza de Armas, the main town square, and surrounding colonial structures such as the Spanish Cathedral, the Jesuit baroque church La Campanía de Jesús, and the Santa Catalina convent.  Cusco offers a variety of quality museums such as the Museo Inca and the Museo de Arte Precolombino.  Also, stop by and check out San Blas, Cusco’s artsy, bohemian-like district.  Here you can find an array of cafes and restaurants and enjoy spectacular views of the city.         

Perhaps most famous to travellers as the city you have to acclimatise to the high Andes altitude in, Cusco has built a thriving tourist industry for those waiting in the city the 2 – 4 days before setting off on mountain trails. While you wait for your body to get used to the altitude, you can go river rafting, visit the local ruins, go to traditional market places, go on jungle treks, and explore the richness of the town.        

And of course, one of Cusco’s biggest pulls is the 2007 Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu. This Lost City of the Incas is an ancient ceremonial site situated high above the clouds in the Andes Mountains. Take a train and bus straight to the top, or challenge and inspire yourself with any one of the six, 4 – 7 day treks that lead you through the valleys and up to the famous Incan site. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain range and amid sacred Inca monuments, you will be left awe-struck and amazed.        

Come explore enchanting Cusco!  Plan your trip today with cheap flights to Cusco from Direct Flights, offering discount travel packages to Cusco including affordable accommodations.  With Direct Flights, travel to Cusco has never been easier.  Check Direct Flights website and start planning cheap holidays to Cusco today.
       
       
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